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Average User Score: 7.7Oct 16, 2015A transformative experience for Coheed and Cambria and fans alike, gone is the conceptual shroud used to blunt the emotional significance ofA transformative experience for Coheed and Cambria and fans alike, gone is the conceptual shroud used to blunt the emotional significance of earlier albums. Coheed and Cambria compose an album that makes them naked and exposed, and what we find there is relatable and magnificent. There are pop-punk highs and acoustic sullen lows, and The Color Before the Sun meshes together to become a grand result from what happens when a veteran band experiments with their sound and pops their comfort bubble. That's the magic of Coheed and Cambria, who have been around in some shape or form (namely as the earlier "Shabutie") since 1995. They're never static, they're always evolving and trying new things. This is a harvest of that evolutionary drive, and it's damn near flawless. Save your tissues for "Peace to the Mountain", you'll need them. So brilliant, so magnificent a composition. The horns and strings really kill it.
However, I'm still patiently waiting to find out what happens to Sirius Amory as he seeks to redeem his love Meri in The Fence. Don't have us wait too long, Claudio.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.2Feb 7, 2014Arguably the weakest of Coheed and Cambria's albums (I'm not much a fan of SSTB, call me a heretic. The joy for me begins with IKSSE:3), YearArguably the weakest of Coheed and Cambria's albums (I'm not much a fan of SSTB, call me a heretic. The joy for me begins with IKSSE:3), Year of The Black Rainbow is not at all without merit. "The Broken", "Here We Are Juggernaut", "Far", "This Shattered Symphony", "World of Lines", and "Pearl of the Stars" are all fairly enjoyable excursions in the Pre-Amory Wars mythos. Musically it's all fairly pedantic prog-rock intertwined with vague and slightly touching love songs, nothing astounding instrumentally. Fair enough. Taken into context with the story, though, and fleshed out with the accompanying book, this album still very much works for me. Many reviewers describe a rather "dark and dreary" overtone, and I'll agree. However, it's only because the story is so. Rife with tragedy and grief, the tale sets the stage for SSTB and the Amory Wars in general. As an album alone, it's only fairly good. I'm writing this review in context, as the album plays a crucial role in the rest of Coheed and Cambria's epic tale. Reader, keep an open mind. Follow along with the book. As a whole, you'll find something special here.
Then move on to the Afterman Saga, and be completely blown away.… Expand